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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933075/a-non-specific-setaria-italica-lipid-transfer-protein-gene-plays-a-critical-role-under-abiotic-stress
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Yanlin Pan, Jianrui Li, Licong Jiao, Cong Li, Dengyun Zhu, Jingjuan Yu
Lipid transfer proteins (LTPs) are a class of cysteine-rich soluble proteins having small molecular weights. LTPs participate in flower and seed development, cuticular wax deposition, also play important roles in pathogen and abiotic stress responses. A non-specific LTP gene (SiLTP) was isolated from a foxtail millet (Setaria italica) suppression subtractive hybridization library enriched for differentially expressed genes after abiotic stress treatments. A semi-quantitative reverse transcriptase PCR analysis showed that SiLTP was expressed in all foxtail millet tissues...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932881/preparation-and-antitumor-evaluation-of-self-assembling-oleanolic-acid-loaded-pluronic-p105-d-%C3%AE-tocopheryl-polyethylene-glycol-succinate-mixed-micelles-for-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-treatment
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Hao Wu, Qingxiang Zhong, Rongling Zhong, Houcai Huang, Zhi Xia, Zhongcheng Ke, Zhenhai Zhang, Jie Song, Xiaobin Jia
Oleanolic acid (OA) is a triterpenoid found in various fruits and vegetables and used in traditional Chinese medicine. OA plays a crucial role in the treatment of several cancers, but poor water solubility, low permeability, and significant efflux have limited its widespread clinical use. Vitamin E-d-α-tocopheryl polyethylene glycol succinate (vitamin E-TPGS) and Pluronic P105 were used to improve the solubility and permeability and to decrease the efflux of OA. OA-loaded mixed micelles were prepared by ethanol thin-film hydration...
2016: International Journal of Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27929190/mechanism-and-kinetics-of-tyrosinase-inhibition-by-glycolic-acid-a-study-using-conventional-spectroscopy-methods-and-hydrogen-deuterium-exchange-coupling-with-mass-spectrometry
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Da Ma, Zong-Cai Tu, Hui Wang, Lu Zhang, Na He, David Julian McClements
Tyrosinase is an enzyme that promotes enzymatic browning of fruits and vegetables, thereby reducing product quality. A variety of analytical tools were used to characterize the interactions between tyrosinase and a natural tyrosinase inhibitor (glycolic acid). Hydrogen/deuterium exchange coupling with mass spectrometry (HDX-MS) was used to elucidate the interaction mechanism between glycolic acid and tyrosinase. UV-visible, fluorescence and circular dichroism spectroscopy analysis indicated that glycolic acid inhibited tyrosinase activity in a mixed-type manner with an IC50 of 83 ± 14 μM...
December 8, 2016: Food & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27928002/adjuvanting-an-siv-vaccine-with-tlr-ligands-encapsulated-in-nanoparticles-induces-persistent-antibody-responses-and-enhanced-protection-in-trim5%C3%AE-restrictive-macaques
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Sudhir Pai Kasturi, Pamela A Kozlowski, Helder I Nakaya, Matheus C Burger, Pedro Russo, Mathew Pham, Yevgeniy Kovalenkov, Eduardo L V Silveira, Colin Havenar-Daughton, Samantha L Burton, Katie M Kilgore, Mathew J Johnson, Rafiq Nabi, Traci Legere, Zarpheen Jinnah Sher, Xuemin Chen, Rama R Amara, Eric Hunter, Steven E Bosinger, Paul Spearman, Shane Crotty, Francois Villinger, Cynthia A Derdeyn, Jens Wrammert, Bali Pulendran
: Our previous work has shown that antigens adjuvanted with specific ligands for toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) and TLR7/8 encapsulated in poly (lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) based nanoparticles (NP), induced robust and durable immune responses in mice and macaques. We investigated the efficacy of these NP adjuvants in inducing protective immunity against simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV). Rhesus macaques (RMs) were immunized with NP containing TLR4 and TLR7/8 agonists mixed with soluble recombinant SIVmac239 derived envelope (Env) gp140 and Gag p55 (Protein), or with virus like particles (VLP) containing SIVmac239 Env and Gag...
December 7, 2016: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925229/plga-ptmc-cultured-bone-mesenchymal-stem-cell-scaffold-enhances-cartilage-regeneration-in-tissue-engineered-tracheal-transplantation
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Bingyang Yan, Zhipei Zhang, Xiaoping Wang, Yunfeng Ni, Yongshi Liu, Tao Liu, Wuping Wang, Hao Xing, Ying Sun, Jian Wang, Xiao-Fei Li
The treatment of long-segment tracheal defect requires the transplantation of effective tracheal substitute, and the tissue-engineered trachea (TET) has been proposed as an ideal tracheal substitute. The major cause of the failure of segmental tracheal defect reconstruction by TET is airway collapse caused by the chondromalacia of TET cartilage. The key to maintain the TET structure is the regeneration of chondrocytes in cartilage, which can secrete plenty of cartilage matrices. To address the problem of the chondromalacia of TET cartilage, this study proposed an improved strategy...
December 7, 2016: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924493/citric-acid-capped-iron-oxide-nanoparticles-as-an-effective-maldi-matrix-for-polymers
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Qiaoli Liang, Jennifer Sherwood, Thomas Macher, Joseph M Wilson, Yuping Bao, Carolyn J Cassady
A new matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization (MALDI) mass spectrometry matrix is proposed for molecular mass determination of polymers. This matrix contains an iron oxide nanoparticle (NP) core with citric acid (CA) molecules covalently bound to the surface. With the assistance of additives, the particulate nature of NPs allows the matrix to mix uniformly with polar or nonpolar polymer layers and promotes ionization, which may simplify matrix selection and sample preparation procedures. Several distinctively different polymer classes (polyethyleneglycol (PEG), polywax/polyethylene, perfluoropolyether, and polydimethylsiloxane) are effectively detected by the water or methanol dispersed NPCA matrix with NaCl, NaOH, LiOH, or AgNO3 as additives...
December 6, 2016: Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923139/plga-peg-plga-triblock-copolymeric-micelles-as-oral-drug-delivery-system-in-vitro-drug-release-and-in-vivo-pharmacokinetics-assessment
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Xiufen Chen, Jianzhong Chen, Bowen Li, Xiang Yang, Rongjie Zeng, Yajun Liu, Tao Li, Rodney J Y Ho, Jingwei Shao
Poly (d,l-lactide-co-glycolide)-poly (ethylene glycol)-poly (d,l-lactide-co-glycolide) triblock copolymers (PLGA-PEG-PLGA) has been proven to be desirable for anti-cancer drug delivery by intravenous administration. But till now there is no report of developing this micelle as a sustained oral formulation for cancer therapy. 3β-acetoxy-urs-12-en-28-oic acid hexamethylenediamine (US597), a derivative of natural product ursolic acid has been developed as a novel cancer metastasis chemopreventive agent by us...
November 26, 2016: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922209/unconventional-pretreatment-of-lignocellulose-with-low-temperature-plasma
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Jens Vanneste, Thijs Ennaert, Annick Vanhulsel, Bert F Sels
Lignocellulose represents a potential supply of sustainable feedstock for the production of biofuels and chemicals. There is, however, an important cost and efficiency challenge associated with the conversion of such lignocellulosics. Since its structure is complex and not prone to undergo chemical reactions very easily, chemical and mechanical pretreatments are usually necessary in order to be able to refine them into the compositional building blocks (carbohydrates and lignin), from which value-added platform molecules such as glucose, ethylene glycol, 5-hydroxymethylfurfural, levulinic acid, etc...
December 6, 2016: ChemSusChem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920523/pegylated-and-nanoparticle-conjugated-sulfonium-salt-photo-triggers-necrotic-cell-death
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Alaa A Fadhel, Xiling Yue, Ebrahim H Ghazvini Zadeh, Mykhailo V Bondar, Kevin D Belfield
Photodynamic therapy (PDT) processes involving the production of singlet oxygen face the issue of oxygen concentration dependency. Despite high oxygen delivery, a variety of properties related to metabolism and vascular morphology in cancer cells result in hypoxic environments, resulting in limited effectiveness of such therapies. An alternative oxygen-independent agent whose cell cytotoxicity can be remotely controlled by light may allow access to treatment of hypoxic tumors. Toward that end, we developed and tested both polyethylene glycol (PEG)-functionalized and hydrophilic silica nanoparticle (SiNP)-enriched photoacid generator (PAG) as a nontraditional PDT agent to effectively induce necrotic cell death in HCT-116 cells...
2016: International Journal of Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919801/folic-acid-capped-pegylated-magnetic-nanoparticles-enter-cancer-cells-mostly-via-clathrin-dependent-endocytosis
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Emilie Allard-Vannier, Katel Hervé-Aubert, Karine Kaaki, Thibaut Blondy, Anastasia Shebanova, Konstantin V Shaitan, Anastasia A Ignatova, Marie-Louise Saboungi, Alexey V Feofanov, Igor Chourpa
BACKGROUND: This work is focused on mechanisms of uptake in cancer cells of rationally designed, covalently assembled nanoparticles, made of superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (SPIONs), fluorophores (doxorubicin or Nile Blue), polyethylene glycol (PEG) and folic acid (FA), referred hereinafter as SFP-FA. METHODS: SFP-FA were characterized by DLS, zetametry and fluorescence spectroscopy. The SFP-FA uptake in cancer cells was monitored using fluorescence-based methods like fluorescence-assisted cell sorting, LSCM with single-photon and two-photon excitation...
December 2, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917409/gadolinium-functionalized-peptide-amphiphile-micelles-for-multimodal-imaging-of-atherosclerotic-lesions
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Sang Pil Yoo, Federico Pineda, John C Barrett, Christopher Poon, Matthew Tirrell, Eun Ji Chung
The leading causes of morbidity and mortality globally are cardiovascular diseases, and nanomedicine can provide many improvements including disease-specific targeting, early detection, and local delivery of diagnostic agents. To this end, we designed fibrin-binding, peptide amphiphile micelles (PAMs), achieved by incorporating the targeting peptide cysteine-arginine-glutamic acid-lysine-alanine (CREKA), with two types of amphiphilic molecules containing the gadoliniuim (Gd) chelator diethylenetriaminepentaacetic acid (DTPA), DTPA-bis(stearylamide)(Gd), and 1,2-distearoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphoethanolamine-N-[(poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG))-2000]-DTPA(Gd) (DSPE-PEG2000-DTPA(Gd))...
November 30, 2016: ACS Omega
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915005/development-and-characterisation-of-disulfiram-loaded-plga-nanoparticles-for-the-treatment-of-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
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Mohammad Najlah, Zahima Ahmed, Mohammed Iqbal, Zhipeng Wang, Patrica Tawari, Weiguang Wang, Christopher McConville
Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC) is the most common type of lung cancer in both men and women. A recent phase IIb study demonstrated that disulfiram (DSF) in combination with cisplatin and vinorelbine was well tolerated and prolonged the survival of patients with newly diagnosed NSCLC. However, DSF is rapidly (4 minutes) metabolised in the bloodstream and it is this issue which is limiting its anticancer application in the clinic. We have recently demonstrated that a low dose of DSF-loaded poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) nanoparticles supplemented with oral Cu inhibited tumour growth and reduced metastasis in a xenograft mouse lung cancer model...
November 30, 2016: European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914985/combination-therapy-with-doxorubicin-loaded-galactosylated-poly-ethyleneglycol-lithocholic-acid-to-suppress-the-tumor-growth-in-an-orthotopic-mouse-model-of-liver-cancer
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Bijay Singh, Yoonjeong Jang, Sushila Maharjan, Hyeon-Jeong Kim, Ah Young Lee, Sanghwa Kim, Nomundelger Gankhuyag, Myeon-Sik Yang, Yun-Jaie Choi, Myung-Haing Cho, Chong-Su Cho
Despite advances in technology, neither conventional anti-cancer drugs nor current nanoparticle (NP) drugs have gained substantial success in cancer treatment. While conventional chemotherapy drugs have several limitations such as low potency, poor in vivo stability and limited bioavailability, non-specific targeting of NP drugs diminishes their potency at actual target sites. In addition, the development of drug resistance to anti-cancer drugs is another challenging problem. To overcome these limitations, we aimed to develop a polymer-drug conjugate, which functions as an active NP drug and drug carrier both, to deliver a chemotherapeutic drug for combination therapy...
November 24, 2016: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914867/new-hbm-values-for-emerging-substances-inventory-of-reference-and-hbm-values-in-force-and-working-principles-of-the-german-human-biomonitoring-commission
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Petra Apel, Jürgen Angerer, Michael Wilhelm, Marike Kolossa-Gehring
The German Human Biomonitoring Commission (HBM Commission) derives health-related guidance values (Human Biomonitoring assessment values, HBM values) according to the procedures described in the HBM Commission's position papers. Since the last adaption of the methodology in 2014, the HBM Commission has established a series of new HBM values, mainly on the basis of internationally agreed TDI/RfD values, or of toxicologically well- founded points of departure observed in animal studies. The derivation of these new HBM values for HBCDD, triclosan, 2-MBT, PFOA and PFOS as well as for the metabolites of glycol ethers, of Hexamoll(®) DINCH(®), DPHP, DEHTP, NMP, NEP, and 4-MBC is specified, and the HBM values are presented together with already established HBM values for other substances...
September 17, 2016: International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914338/dopamine-conjugated-poly-lactic-co-glycolic-acid-nanoparticles-for-protein-delivery-to-macrophages
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Song Yi Lee, Hyun-Jong Cho
Poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid)-dopamine (PLGA-D)-based nanoparticles (NPs) were developed for the delivery of protein to macrophages. PLGA-D was synthesized via amide bond formation between the amine group of D and the carboxylic acid group of PLGA. Bovine serum albumin (BSA, model protein) was encapsulated in PLGA NPs and PLGA-D NPs, which had an approximately 200nm mean diameter, <0.2 polydispersity index, and negative zeta potential value. There was no increment in the mean diameters of BSA-loaded NPs after 24h of incubation in biological fluid-simulated media (i...
November 23, 2016: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912213/histomorphometric-evaluation-of-two-different-bone-substitutes-in-sinus-augmentation-procedures-a-randomized-controlled-trial-in-humans
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Ruggero Rodriguez Baena, Roberta Pastorino, Enrico Felice Gherlone, Letizia Perillo, Saturnino Marco Lupi, Alessandra Lucchese
PURPOSE: The histomorphometric results of sinus floor augmentation with deproteinized bovine bone (DBB) and a new fully synthetic bone substitute, poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid/hydroxyapatite) (PLGA/HA), were compared in humans. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Twelve maxillary sinuses of eight patients requiring major maxillary sinus floor augmentation and free of concomitant conditions (ASA scores 1 and 2) were studied. Lateral sinus augmentation was performed using DBB or PLGA/HA grafts; sites were randomly assigned to control or test groups...
December 2, 2016: International Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Implants
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912130/acidity-triggered-charge-convertible-nanoparticles-that-can-cause-bacterium-specific-aggregation-in-situ-to-enhance-photothermal-ablation-of-focal-infection
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Chiranjeevi Korupalli, Chieh-Cheng Huang, Wei-Chih Lin, Wen-Yu Pan, Po-Yen Lin, Wei-Lin Wan, Meng-Ju Li, Yen Chang, Hsing-Wen Sung
Focal infections that are caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria are becoming an ever-growing challenge to human health. To address this challenge, a pH-responsive amphiphilic polymer of polyaniline-conjugated glycol chitosan (PANI-GCS) that can self-assemble into nanoparticles (NPs) in situ is developed. The PANI-GCS NPs undergo a unique surface charge conversion that is induced by their local pH, favoring bacterium-specific aggregation without direct contact with host cells. Following conjugation onto GCS, the optical-absorbance peak of PANI is red-shifted toward the near-infrared (NIR) region, enabling PANI-GCS NPs to generate a substantial amount of heat, which is emitted to their neighborhood...
November 24, 2016: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911475/carboplatin-complexed-and-crgd-conjugated-unimolecular-nanoparticles-for-targeted-ovarian-cancer-therapy
#18
Yuyuan Wang, Liwei Wang, Guojun Chen, Shaoqin Gong
Platinum-based chemotherapy has been widely used to treat cancers including ovarian cancer; however, it suffers from dose-limiting toxicity. Judiciously designed drug nanocarriers can enhance the anticancer efficacy of platinum-based chemotherapy while reducing its systemic toxicity. Herein the authors report a stable and water-soluble unimolecular nanoparticle constructed from a hydrophilic multi-arm star block copolymer poly(amidoamine)-b-poly(aspartic acid)-b-poly(ethylene glycol) (PAMAM-PAsp-PEG) conjugated with both cRGD (cyclo(Arg-Gly-Asp-D-Phe-Cys) peptide and cyanine5 (Cy5) fluorescent dye as a platinum-based drug nanocarrier for targeted ovarian cancer therapy...
December 1, 2016: Macromolecular Bioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910874/comprehensive-evaluation-of-molecular-enhancers-of-the-isothermal-exponential-amplification-reaction
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Ellie Mok, Eugene Wee, Yuling Wang, Matt Trau
The exponential amplification reaction (EXPAR) is an emerging isothermal nucleic acid amplification method with high potential for molecular diagnostics due to its isothermal nature and high amplification efficiency. However, the use of EXPAR is limited by the high levels of non-specific amplification. Hence, methods that can improve the specificity of EXPAR are desired to facilitate its widespread adoption in practice. Herein, we proposed a strategy to improve EXPAR performance by using molecular enhancers...
December 2, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910727/tannin-based-adhesive-for-protection-of-colonic-anastomosis-in-the-open-abdomen
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Youming Deng, Jianan Ren, Guopu Chen, Gefei Wang, Guosheng Gu, Jieshou Li
: Background:This study was aimed to evaluate the effect of tannin acid- polyethylene glycol (TP) adhesive on the wound healing process of primary colonic anastomosis in the open abdomen (OA). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Adhesion strength test, degradation and hemostatic ability of TP were investigated. In a rat model, after standard colonic anastomoses, rats were divided into three groups: OA group; OA + FG (fibrin glue) group; OA + TP group. Five days after surgery, body weight, anastomotic bursting pressure (ABP), and histology of anastomotic tissue were evaluated...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Biomaterials Science. Polymer Edition
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